OSHA Enforcement

Billings, MT – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Nelcon Inc. – a highway contractor based in Kalispell, Montana – for exposing workers to burns and falls at a mobile asphalt-mixing plant in Laurel, Montana.

The company faces $261,418 in penalties for 23 serious violations.

Three workers suffered burns when ambient oil was poured into a larger hot oil tank. One of the workers was hospitalized after falling approximately 15 feet during the incident.

OSHA inspectors determined that Nelcon Inc. failed to

  • Use fall protection systems; guard machinery;
  • Provide adequate personal protective equipment;
  • Control hazardous energy; and
  • Report a work-related incident leading to in-patient hospitalization within 24 hours, as required.

Concord, NH – OSHA has cited DCI Inc. for exposing employees to crushing and struck-by hazards at its Lisbon, New Hampshire, manufacturing plant.

The furniture manufacturer faces a total of $378,488 in penalties after OSHA found 37 violations of workplace safety and health standards at the facility.

OSHA opened an inspection after an employee suffered serious injuries after being pulled into an automated woodcutting machine.

Inspectors found that a supervisor had disabled a light curtain on the machine, preventing the machine from stopping when an individual comes too close to its point of operation. OSHA cited DCI for a willful violation for this hazard.

Concurrent comprehensive safety and health inspections identified other violations throughout the plant, including:

  • Obstructed emergency exit routes;
  • Lack of eye, hand, and face protection;
  • Inadequate hearing and respirator safeguards;
  • Lack of procedures and training to prevent the unintended activation of machinery;
  • Amputation and laceration hazards;
  • Flammable and toxic hazards;
  • Untrained forklift operators; and
  • Electrical hazards.

Companies have 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.